Richard E Grant

Actor, Waiter
Lanky, British player who has had some success in mainstream Hollywood features. Grant began acting in his native South Africa, where he founded the multi-ethnic Troupe Theater Company. In 1982, he moved to London to ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1957 in Swaziland

Filmography

Actor (82)

Jekyll & Hyde 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Downton Abbey 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Making of Dig 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Dom Hemingway 2014 (Movie)

Dickie Black (Actor)

1st Night 2013 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Doctor Who 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Doctor Who: Christmas Special 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

For No Good Reason 2013 (Movie)

(Himself)

Horrid Henry: The Movie 2013 (Movie)

Vic Van Wrinkle (Actor)

Khumba 2013 (Movie)

Bradley (Voice)

Kath & Kimderella 2012 (Movie)

Alain (Actor)

UFO 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zambezia 2012 (Movie)

Cecil (Voice)

How to Stop Being a Loser 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Iron Lady 2011 (Movie)

Michael Heseltine (Actor)

Foster 2010 (Movie)

Mr Potts (Actor)

Hemingway's Garden of Eden 2010 (Movie)

Colonel Boyle (Actor)

Jackboots On Whitehall 2010 (Movie)

Voice of The Vicar (Actor)

The Nutcracker in 3D 2010 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Love Hurts 2009 (Movie)

Ben Bingham (Actor)

St. Trinian's 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Filth and Wisdom 2008 (Movie)

Professor Flynn (Actor)

Penelope 2008 (Movie)

Franklin Wilhern (Actor)

Color Me Kubrick 2007 (Movie)

Jasper (Actor)

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Preston (Actor)

Bustin Bonaparte 2005 (Movie)

Bonaparte Blenkins (Actor)

Deadwood 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monsieur N 2005 (Movie)

Hudson Lowe (Actor)

Regency House Party 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

Father Rothschild (Actor)

Tooth 2004 (Movie)

Jarvis (Actor)

The Hound Of The Baskervilles 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kumars At No. 42 (BBC) 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gosford Park 2001 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Strictly Sinatra 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hildegarde 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

St. Ives 2000 (Movie)

Major Chevening (Actor)

The Little Vampire 2000 (Movie)

Frederick (Actor)

The Match 2000 (Movie)

Gorgeous Gus (Actor)

The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Merry War 1998 (Movie)

Gordon Comstock (Actor)

Oscar's Orchestra 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

Clifford (Actor)

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Cash in Hand 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cold Lazarus 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Food of Love 1997 (Movie)

Alex Salmon (Actor)

The Serpent's Kiss 1997 (Movie)

James Fitzmaurice (Actor)

Jack and Sarah 1996 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

Lord Warburton (Actor)

Twelfth Night 1996 (Movie)

Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Actor)

Franz Kafka's "It's a Wonderful Life" 1995 (Movie)

Franz Kafka (Actor)

Hard Times 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Cort Romney--Fashion Designer (Actor)

The Cold Light of Day 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Absolutely Fabulous 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Suddenly Last Summer 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

Larry Lefferts (Actor)

Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 (Movie)

Dr Jack Seward (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Tom Oakley (Actor)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

Darwin Mayflower (Actor)

L.A. Story 1991 (Movie)

Roland (Actor)

Warlock 1991 (Movie)

Giles Redferne (Actor)

Henry & June 1990 (Movie)

Hugo (Actor)

Mountains of the Moon 1990 (Movie)

Lord Oliphant (Actor)

How to Get Ahead in Advertising 1989 (Movie)

Dennis Dimbleby Bagley (Actor)

Killing Dad 1989 (Movie)

Alistair Berg (Actor)

Hidden City 1988 (Movie)

Brewster (Actor)

Withnail and I 1987 (Movie)

Withnail (Actor)

Honest, Decent and True 1984 (Movie)

Moonee (Actor)

A Christmas Carol (TV Show)

Actor

A Royal Scandal (TV Show)

Actor

Above and Beyond (Movie)

Don Bennett (Actor)

Case of Evil (TV Show)

Actor

Codename: Kyril (TV Show)

Actor

Cuckoo (TV Show)

Actor

Karaoke (TV Show)

Actor

Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Show)

Actor

The Crimson Petal and the White (Movie)

Dr. Curlew (Actor)

The Miracle Maker (TV Show)

Voice
Director (1)

Wah-Wah 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Lanky, British player who has had some success in mainstream Hollywood features. Grant began acting in his native South Africa, where he founded the multi-ethnic Troupe Theater Company. In 1982, he moved to London to stomp the boards in fringe and repertory productions. Grant made his English TV-film debut in Les Blair's improvisational satire, "Honest, Decent and True" (1985). The next year, he entered films as the star of "Withnail & I" (1986), writer-director Bruce Robinson's brilliant observation of the eccentricities of English actors in the 1960s. As the acerbic Withnail, Grant conveyed the great likability of a mostly vile character. He reteamed with Robinson for "How to Get Ahead in Advertising" (1988), a scathing comic indictment of the industry's morals or lack thereof. Here he was Dennis Dimbleby Bagley, an ad exec whose head is taken over by an evil boil.

Relationships

Tom

Step-Son
Ffrom Joan Washington's previous marriage

Henrik Esterhuysen

Father
Minister of Education for the British Ministry in South Africa died in 1981 at age 51 from lung and brain cancer

Stuart Esterhuysen

Brother
Estranged from Grant

Olivia Grant

Daughter
Born c. 1988 mother, Joan Washington

Tiffany Grant

Daughter
Died within half-hour of her birth

Fiona Ramsey

Companion
First met in 1975 at university later lived together for seven years

Joan Washington

Wife
Met in 1982 married Nobermber 1, 1986 previously married and had a son Tom from that marriage

EDUCATION

University of Cape Town

1979

Waterford Kamhlaba

Boarding school

Milestones

2008

Co-starred in "Penelope"; produced by and co-starred Reese Witherspoon

2006

Feature writing and directing debut with "Wah-Wah" an autobiographical piece about growing up in Swaziland at the time of independence

2005

Voiced Barkis Bittern in Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride"

2004

Cast in the final two episodes of "Frasier" (NBC)

2003

Cast in Stephen Fry's "Bright Young Things"

2001

Portrayed a lecherous footman in Robert Altman's "Gosford Park"

1999

Played title role in three TV-movies (aired on A&E in the USA) based on "The Scarlet Pimpernel"

1999

Cast as Bob Cratchit in the TNT remake of "A Christmas Carol"

1998

Co-starred as the manager of the Spice Girls in "Spiceworld"

1998

Published first novel "By Design"

1997

Starred opposite Helen Bonham Carter in "A Merry War/Keep the Aspidistra Flying"

1996

Published memoir "With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant"

1995

Starred as a widower raising a baby in "Jack and Sarah"

1994

Had small role in Altman's "Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)"

1993

Returned to the stage as Algernon Moncrieff in a revival of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"

1992

Had supporting role in Robert Altman's superb Hollywood satire "The Player"

1991

Offered a comically villainous turn in "Hudson Hawk"

1989

American feature debut, "Warlock"

1988

American TV debut, "Codename: Kyril" (Showtime)

1988

Reteamed with Bruce Robinson for "How to Get Ahead in Advertising"

1986

Feature acting debut, "Withnail and I"; directed by Bruce Robinson

1985

British TV-movie debut, "Honest, Decent and True"

1984

Began appearing at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park

1982

Moved to London from Swaziland

1980

Appeared in David Hare's "Fanshen" in Cape Town

1979

Formed touring Troupe Theatre Company with actors from Cape Town University and Cape Town's Space Theatre

Worked as a waiter at Covent Garden

Worked as a "dogsbody" on Jonathan Miller's production of "Hamlet" at the Donmar Warehouse

While an undergraduate at Univeristy of Cape Town, dropped surname

Born and raised in Mbabane, Swaziland

British TV series debut, "Sweet Sixteen"

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